Rainbow flag to fly again

The Adeje Equality Council will re-hoist the Rainbow flag in the Plaza Pedro Zerolo

The flag has disappeared twice since the plaza was inaugurated


The Adeje Equality Council will re-hoist the Rainbow flag this week, a decision approved unanimously by the council at their monthly meeting. The flag normally flies over the Plaza Pedro Zerolo, but was stolen. “This is the second time this symbol in an Adeje public space has been stolen, for personal use or perhaps for homophobic reasons, either way it is an act of vandalism. The flag is an important symbol, representing the fight for equality and respect for the LGBTI community” remarked the Equality Council spokesperson Yésica Galdón Rodríguez.

The flag will fly again, from this Friday, May 17th, which is also the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and many different local social and cultural associations have been invited to take part among them the LGTBI Algarabía group. As well as hoisting the flag, which takes place at 7pm, a manifesto will be read, among other participatory events.
“We in the Adeje Equality council are fighting against demonstrations of hate which do not belong in a modern society, a society which respects diversity, a society like Adeje. We understand that this was an isolated incident but we won’t let that stop the on-going campaign for visibility and respect for everyone regardless of sexual orientation” commented Galdón Rodriguez, a member of the council.

The flag and the plaza, memorials to Pedro Zerolo
The rainbow flag was first flown in this Adeje plaza on April 26th 2016, during a Town Hall event celebrating memorial to Pedro Zerolo, as a posthumous celebration of the life and work of this politicians and defender of human rights and equality.

Since the 1970s the rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, gay, lesbian and trans pride, with the different colours representing the diversity in the LGTBI community.














Adeje opens a regional LGBTIQ public office

Recently the Adeje council opened a new service, the first regional office in South Tenerife to attend to the LGBTIQ public in particular. With the Algarabía association and the Red Prisma, the initiative works to meet the demands of this collective, and work to extend the remit to a wider public, improving public services in general for the LGBTIQ members of our society.

The Algarabía office is based in the department of health where other public services such as InfoSex, services for women, the consumers’ office, the oncology service with the Spanish cancer association and other personal attention offices are located.

Health protection councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “this is an important moment for us as we are delighted to add Algarabía public office to our list of services, as people who work with us for the rights of lesbians, gays, transsexuals, bisexuals, inter-sexuals and others. We have given over this office so that the groups can work together to meet their needs and the demands of many people affected, above all offer social services, personalised attention and work to defend the rights of all.”

The decision to locate the office here has relevance too, says the councillor, as it is beside the Plaza Pedro Zerolo, named for a man who worked tirelessly for equality, diversity and social inclusion.

The office will be open to the public on Fridays from 9am – 1pm. Charlie Marrero, president of Algarabía, commented, “The LGBTI collective is one of the groups suffering most discrimination, with our data showing that 17% of those identifying as LGBTI and in secondary school attempting suicide, 40% suffering bullying in school, 85% of transsexuals reporting discrimination in the workplace, and a huge number of incidents and reports of crimes against members of the collective”.

Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, councillor for equality, underlined the fact that the council has been working in recent years “to give these collectives the tools they need to help in increasing their visibility. This new service will help in bringing the collective together, as well as helping, we believe, their families and the public in general. The collective need a safe space where they can work, propose and discuss ideas and look for solutions. In this way Adeje is looking to advance, and continue to push for inclusion, respect for sexual diversity, and above all work to ensure that people are safe, happy, and respected.”

The Adeje office will also be a data collection point for the south of Tenerife, which in turn will be a tool in the evolution of political strategies for the collective, working to reduce and eradicate LGBTI phobia.

The association president ended by stating that the “Canaries is one of the autonomous regions in Spain where sexual diversity is most accepted and that has been made possible thanks to the work of collectives working alongside the public councils and administrations. Having an office here is vital for the collective because it brings us closer to the people, offering help, and accompanying individuals when and where necessary. In the near future we should be able to establish a system of referrals between town halls, the Prisma network and Algarabía”.




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Adeje launches diversity campaign


“inVISIBLE, Adeje + Diversity” will work to make people more open to contributing to the visibility of the LGBTI community

The Adeje council’s department of equality, presided over by councillor Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, has launched a campaign to help the LGBTI community increase their visibility called “inVISIBLE, Adeje + Diversity”.

“We are launching this campaign in parallel with the international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia (May 17th), and we join with our LGBIT bothers and sisters in the defence of their rights and freedoms, and the right of everyone to be open about their sexuality and gender identity”, said the councillor.

There is a varied programme of activities which began at the beginning of May with consciousness awareness workshops in secondary schools in the borough. This week the Adeje health centre personnel have been taking part in a training course on sexual diversity organised by the Adeje department of health protection. There is also a family-orientated workshop on sexual diversity within families and a series of self-defence classes for the LGBTI population in the Las Torres pavilion.

Tomorrow, May 17th, the boroughs that form part of the Tenerife South collective will come together to commemorate the internationally recognised day, and a manifesto will be read on the steps of the Town Hall.

There are also talks and workshops for young people on transexuality on May 18th looking at the day-to-day realities facing this collective, a focus the LGTB federation have specifically requested this year. This will be in Adeje Cultural Centre from 10.30am for secondary school students from the borough. Friday’s activities finish with a free theatrical presentation, ‘Federico & Salvador. Los horas oscuras y dorados’ by Insolaría Teatro.

On Sunday May 27th there will be a LGBTI Pride 2018 parade event with a stop at the Plaza Pedro Zerolo. The parade will go from the Avenida Rafael Puig through Las Amerícas to Adeje town, through the town and onto Guía de Isora.

On Thursday June 7th the ‘Tardes por ti’ programme will host a workshop on orientation and identification, and finally on Monday June 18th there will be a showing of the film XXI.


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The right to be different!


Equal under the law, different by right
Today, June 28th, Adeje has joined in the celebrations to mark International LGBIT Rights Day, as part of the months’ long Pride celebrations all over the world. A rights manifesto was co-published with the Asociación Algarabía, which, among other things, stated as a fundamental premise the rights granted to any individual regardless of her or his sexual orientation or gender identification; “Equal under the law and different by right”.

Early on the morning of Saturday, 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn a gay bar in New York City. This riot and further protests and rioting over the following nights were the watershed moment in modern LGBT rights movements and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger public scale.

Today, while Pride events take place in many counties, the rights of many are still not recognised or given equal status on a global scale, In Tenerife the Orgullo/Pride 2017 has seen 53 different events happening around the island, five in Adeje, organised by the Asociación Algarabía, and supported by the Tenerife Cabildo and the regional government under the general theme, “Human Rights Make A Difference”.
According to local equality councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, “Spain has always been one of the European countries that has pushed strongly for equal rights laws (referring in particular to the equal right to marry, passed into law here 12 years ago) which fundamentally seek to guarantee equality for all”.

Pride 2017 in Adeje

Adeje joins the campaign to increase LGBIT awareness

In the run up to the celebration of Pride Day for the LGBIT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Intersexual and Transgendered) community, Adeje is taking part in a series of visibility activities emphasising the struggle for equal rights and freedoms for this collective. The Algarabía Association has drawn up a programme of events over the months of May and June in defence of equality and non-discrimination against people due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Adeje is taking part in the visibility campaign, in defence of the rights of the LGBIT community, because we acknowledge that the defence of liberty must be led by public institutions, who have a duty to promote equality and respect between their citizens and for that reason it is important to develop training and awareness-raising programmes, all contributing to the construction of a more balanced egalitarian society”, said the Adeje councillor for the politics of equality, Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro.

Orgullo/Pride 2017 is celebrated from May 17th to June 28th with over 50 different events all over the island of Tenerife, five of them in Adeje. The programme has been organised by the Algarabía association with the backing of the regional government, the Tenerife Cabildo and ten boroughs, including Adeje, as well as businesses and other island institutions, under the slogan (translated) ‘human rights make a difference’.

In the South of Tenerife there will be a Rainbow Parade on Saturday May 20th, leaving Granadilla de Abona at 11am, passing through San Miguel, Arona, Adeje, Guía de Isora and finishing in Santiago del Teide. During the run through Adeje there will be a stop at the Plaza Pedro Zerolo where there will be a reading of a manifesto on the right to visibility of the LGBIT community. Anyone wishing to take part in this event should contact the department of equality politics.

On Thursday May 25th there will be a workshop for secondary school students (1 year bachillerado, IES Adeje), a workshop for older LGBIT persons and a film (for adults), ‘Can(be) Gay’.

On Friday May 26th in the FIT (Factory for Tourism Innovation), from 12 midday, there will be a round table discussion on LGBIT international with guest participants from different parts of the world. This is a public (and free) event.

From Saturday May 27th different shops and establishments in the south of the island will be hosting campaign events, and on June 25th there will be a friendly football match against LGBIT–phobia in the Adeje municipal grounds between UD Granadilla Egatesa and the Costa Adeje women’s team.

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Tenerife Sur Prism network



The objective of the network is to improve the quality of life and guarantee equality and free choice of lifestyle and sexual identity for all

Today, June 28th, the councils of Adeje, Arona, Arico, Granadilla de Abona, Fasnia, Guía de Isora, San Miguel de Abona, Santiago del Teide and Vilaflor, launched a new working collective tool to work together to improve the quality of life and guarantee equality and respect and the freedom of sexual identity to all the residents of South Tenerife.

The South Tenerife Prism network underlines the commitment from the participating councils and regional bodies to improve local actions regarding equality, and looks to optimise resources promoting the interests of the network with regard to other institutions, and implementing shared objectives and actions. Reflecting the logo of the group, the nine boroughs are represented by the nine points forming the triangular part of the prism with the colours of the rainbow, the international symbol of the LGTBIQ community, on the other side, promoting visibility, diversity, identity.

The Prism will operate at two parallel levels, one with political representation from the nine boroughs, councillors who will commit themselves to work for the promotion of policies reflecting equality and non-discrimination. On the other level are the technical personnel working to implement policies.

The main objectives of the group are to promote transversal integration from standpoints of equality and non-discrimination including in the design and implementation of policies locally in South Tenerife. Awareness-raising in the boroughs of the right of every individual to their chosen gender identity is also part of the action plan.

The Prism network will create a dialogue for mutual assessment, training, and orientation and experience exchanges among member boroughs. There will also be work with relevant bodies and institutions at regional and other levels, sharing of resources and materials, etc. Among the first actions the new network will undertake will be the specialised training of the political and technical personnel who will be working on the project as well as the presentation of a list of good practises, currently being drawn up. 10 practical ways to allow our councils oversee the correct incorporation of policies that support gender and sexual diversity in all departments.

“This initiative is reflective of the desire of the participating boroughs to push for policies which guarantee the rights and freedoms of lesbians, gays, transgender persons, bisexuals, intersexuals and those who describe themselves as queer in South Tenerife. We strongly believe working in this field is very relevant within the development of local politics that favour the visibility of this community, prevent discrimination and promote the respect of identity and sexual diversity. With concrete actions we will be building a society that, daily, is more plural, equal and respectful”, said Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, Adeje councillor for disability and politics of equality, speaking on behalf of the group.

Also present at the presentation of the new group were councillors Montserrat González Hernández, Vilaflor, Noelia Beatriz González Navarro, Santiago del Teide; Samuel de León Páez, San Miguel de Abona; Ángeles González Rodríguez, Guía de Isora; Oscar Delgado Melo, Granadilla de Abona; María del Carmen Marrero Rodríguez, Fasnia; David Pérez González, Arona and Dácil Cano García, Arico.

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